Liposuction, also known as lipo, lipectomy, liposculpture suction, or lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that extracts the fat from the body after breaking it up. This procedure is usually performed on the back, calves, chin, neck, buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. The fat is extracted through a cannula inserted under the skin.
Uses of Liposuction
This cosmetic procedure is typically used to enhance appearance instead of providing physical health benefits. Other people may probably attain better results through a healthful lifestyle, healthy sleep schedule, regular exercise, and a balanced diet. Your doctor may recommend liposuction when you’ve failed to obtain desired results through lifestyle changes. It can handle body areas resistant to dieting and exercising.
When a person adds weight, every fat cell increases in volume and size, and liposuction works to minimize the number of fat cells in select areas. Before you decide to proceed with liposuction, discuss its pros and cons with your doctor. You should only have the procedure after careful deliberation.
Liposuction produces the best results for individuals with good skin elasticity and tone, where the skin forms into new contours. If your skin lacks elasticity, you might end up with skin that appears loose in locations where the procedure was performed.
To undergo liposuction, you have to be over 18 years and in perfect health. You should not have liposuction if you have blood flow or circulation problems, such as weak immunity, diabetes, or coronary artery disease.
Benefits of Liposuction
Besides cosmetic purposes, liposuction is done to treat particular conditions, including:
- Lymphedema. This is a long-term condition where excess fluid or lymph accumulates in tissues causing swelling or edema. Swelling usually happens in the legs or arms. Your doctor can recommend liposuction to reduce pain, discomfort, and pain.
- Gynecomastia. This is where fat gathers under an adult male’s breasts.
- Lipodystrophy syndrome. This condition is exhibited by fat accumulating in one body part and lost in the other. Undergoing liposuction can enhance the patient’s look by offering a more naturally appearing body fat distribution.
- Excessive Weight Loss. An individual with morbid obesity who loses no less than 40 percent of their BMI might require treatment to eliminate excess skin and other deformities.
- Lipomas are fatty, benign growths.
The Liposuction Procedure
You will undergo some health tests before the operation to ensure that you are suitable for surgery. Your doctor may recommend the following:
- Stop taking regular anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin at least two weeks before the operation
- Women may be requested to be off their contraceptive pill
- Take iron supplements if you have anemia
You will then sign a form to indicate that you are aware of the benefits, potential risks, and possible alternatives to the operation.
Schedule a Consultation
The ideal way to know more about your liposuction options is by scheduling a meeting with Dr. Kovanda, a board-certified plastic surgeon. The doctor can be found at Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery, Minneapolis, MN. To get you started, get in touch with our Minneapolis office by filling out our online form or calling us.